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The top 40 trending baby names of 2018—so far

Six months in, here's what people are searching.

The top 40 trending baby names of 2018—so far

It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, but 2018 has actually been here for a while now. We're six months in, and it's the perfect time for expecting parents to take stock of which baby names fellow parents have been considering over the first half of 2018.

The name experts at Nameberry have been keeping an eye on the number of views each baby name on the site has received over the last six months. Unlike the Social Security Administration's annual list of given baby names, this is a measure of interest in names, rather than a reflection of how many babies have been given the name. While the SSA list looks back, Nameberry's search results helps parents predict the future of naming trends.

So what names are parents looking at on Nameberry? According to Nameberry co-creator Pamela Redmond Satran, Olivia and Atticus are still the most viewed baby names for girls and boys, respectively, as they were throughout 2017.

Redmond Satran notes the second most viewed girls name so far in 2018 is Amara, a "multicultural girls' name with roots in three continents" that's seen a quick rise in views on Nameberry. It entered the top 10 for girls names on the site just last year.

There were 1478 Amaras born in America in 2017, according to the SSA, which ranks it as the 208 most popular girl's name (in 2001 it was all the way down at 870). "Amara is also climbing official popularity lists in the US, England, and Germany," Nameberry notes. "Think of it as today's answer to Amanda and Mary and you'll understand the source of its appeal."

On the boys' side, Milo is now the second most viewed baby name on Nameberry. It's risen on the SSA list in a very similar fashion to Amara, going from number 809 in 2002 to being ranked as the 224 most popular baby boy name in 2017, with 1688 baby boys in the U.S. taking the name.

Here are the 40 most viewed baby names on Nameberry so far this year:

Girls


  1. Olivia
  2. Amara
  3. Cora
  4. Isla
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Rose
  9. Ava
  10. Genevieve
  11. Maeve
  12. Penelope
  13. Iris
  14. Violet
  15. Ophelia
  16. Eleanor
  17. Esme
  18. Luna
  19. Imogen
  20. Eloise

Boys

  1. Atticus
  2. Milo
  3. Jasper
  4. Jack
  5. Asher
  6. Silas
  7. Theodore
  8. Wyatt
  9. Henry
  10. Declan
  11. Finn
  12. Oscar
  13. Oliver
  14. Leo
  15. Felix
  16. Bodhi
  17. Aryan
  18. Arthur
  19. Levi
  20. Axel

For a look at the top 100, check out the full list at Nameberry.

[Originally published July 3, 2018]

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This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

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Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

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It was disappointing for stressed parents who would have rather heard more about policy and the future of America instead of watching two men interrupt and insult each other.

The candidates spent a significant amount of time talking over each other, asking the other to shut up and deflecting questions from moderator Chris Wallace, whose position was instantly relatable to any parent who has had to ask their children to stop squabbling at the dinner table.

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